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Monday, February 8, 2010

Did God Get Tired on Day Six of Creation?

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Question: If God is all-powerful why did he have to rest after working on creation for six days?

Well, certainly not because he was tired! He did not rest in the sense that His physical energy had been depleted or that He needed to recuperate. An all-powerful God doesn't need to rest. The Hebrew word for rest communicates the idea of "ceasing from activity."  Genesis 2:2 simply says God completed His work on creation and stopped. The job was done. There was nothing further to do. Perhaps He ceased working in order to make a division between His work of creation and His later ongoing work in the world. Whatever the reason, it's clear that He modeled a pattern that He wants us to follow -- we should rest one day in seven, and we are to set that one day apart as holy to the Lord.

Relevant Scripture
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Genesis 2:2

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